- Stripers living in brackish or saltwater can be very sensitive to the tides and currents. How they react to these factors changes from place to place and season to season, but it's important to always be aware of these variables.
- Striped bass are structure-oriented fish, and will usually be found close to structure. When they are found in open water, they're usually focusing on large shoals of bait.
- The bulk of the striper population on the Atlantic seaboard migrates. This means the best striped bass season changes from north to south. In early spring the Chesapeake Bay (where the majority of the stripers spawn) is a focal point, with the fish moving northward after spawning in April and May. During the summer, areas like New York and Connecticut enjoy a good striped bass season, and in the fall the fish migrate south again. Some years, they may go as far south as the North Carolina coast.
- While baitfishes are their main forage, stripers are opportunistic predators and you never know what they'll attack – if you want to be a successful striper angler, keep an open mind and be willing to experiment as you learn more and more about how to catch striped bass.